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Hilarious Raver Photos From the '90s

From the JuJu Beats event, Aug. 28, 1999
From the JuJu Beats event, Aug. 28, 1999
Michael Tullberg

Our music feature this week documents the history of rave fashion, which went from baggy and colorful to, well, culturally insensitive sexy chic . (Along the way, you probably had a facemask with Vicks smeared inside.) The painstakingly researched piece traces the sartorial evolution from the first raves in London through the current corporate mega-events.

If we do say so ourselves, it's a great read.

Also great are the photos accompanying the piece, courtesy of longtime scene documentarian Michael Tullberg. The L.A. based photojournalist has been shooting raves longer than most anyone on this continent, and beginning in 1996 he covered the underground dance scene exhaustively. He's shot for everyone from Rolling Stone to Urb and Mixmag, and nowadays works for Getty Images and has his own book publishing company, 5150.  

Below are shots he took from Southern California raves in the 1990's. They are a hoot!

See also: Our full slideshow looking back at rave fashion

How Sweet It Is party, date unknown
How Sweet It Is party, date unknown
Michael Tullberg
Lotus in San Bernardino, July 13, 1996
Lotus in San Bernardino, July 13, 1996
Michael Tullberg

 

Narnia in Snow Valley, CA, Aug. 30, 1997
Narnia in Snow Valley, CA, Aug. 30, 1997
Michael Tullberg
Insight in Downtown L.A., April. 12-13, 1997
Insight in Downtown L.A., April. 12-13, 1997
Michael Tullberg

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Nucleus in Pomona, Jan. 25, 1997
Nucleus in Pomona, Jan. 25, 1997
Michael Tullberg
Narnia in Snow Valley, CA, Aug. 30, 1997
Narnia in Snow Valley, CA, Aug. 30, 1997
Michael Tullberg

 

Date and location unknown
Date and location unknown
Michael Tullberg
Diamond Club in Hollywood, Sept. 7, 1996
Diamond Club in Hollywood, Sept. 7, 1996
Michael Tullberg
JuJu Beats rave, Aug. 28, 1999
JuJu Beats rave, Aug. 28, 1999
Michael Tullberg

See also: Why is rave fashion such a disaster? 

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